My Top Ten
2. Ohio State
3. Boise State
Oregon’s defense got torched on Saturday and was fortunate enough to win. They did force 7 turnovers but also allowed 597 yards of offense (210 on the ground). Not a good sign for them. So, I move Boise State up to #3 because they have consistently played sound defense. Oregon could move back to the #3 spot with a win over Stanford this Saturday.
The biggest movers are Stanford and Auburn. Auburn responded for the second week in a row in a thrilling comeback win at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Stanford cruised past Notre Dame in South Bend and we’ll see if they will continue to be a contender as they face Oregon this Saturday.
1. Denard Robinson, MICH, QB
–One of the most dynamic and explosive players in college football right now. He put up 189 yards of total offense and scored 2 TDs in just 9 plays for Michigan last Saturday. He left the game due to injury.
57/80, 71.3%, 731 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT
79 att., 688 yards*, 8.7 average, 6 TD
2. Terrelle Pryor, OSU, QB
–Pryor scored 6 TDs (4 passing, 1 rushing, 1 receiving) and racked up 348 total yards while completing 77% of his passes in the Buckeyes 73-20 win over Eastern Michigan.
71/107. 66.4%, 939 yards, 10 TD, 2 INT
43 att., 269 yards, 6.3 average, 3 TD
3. Cam Newton, AUB, QB
–Newton has taken over games in the 2nd half for the Tigers, carrying them to victory. Newton completed 76% of his passes against South Carolina and threw 2 TDs. He also ran for 176 yards on 25 carries with 3 TDs. Three of his five TDs came in the 2nd half, including the go ahead score.
2nd Half Stats vs USC: 9/12 85 yards, 2 TDs, 16 carr., 79 yards, 1 TD, 7 1st downs
43/68, 63.2%. 683 yards, 9 TD, 3 INT
75 att., 485 yards, 6.5 average, 5 TD
4. Mark Ingram, ALA, RB
–The defending Heisman Trophy winner finds himself back on the board even after missing two games. Ingram rushed for 157 yards and 2 TDs on 24 carries in the Tide’s 24-20 win over Arkansas. He carried the ball in six of Alabama’s last seven plays.
33 att., 308 yards, 9.3 average, 4 TD
5. Patrick Peterson, LSU, CB/RET
–The Junior defensive back has been a key component in LSUs victories this season. Last week he returned a punt for a touchdown and blocked a kick in their 20-14 win over WVU.
12 tackles, 2 INT, 1 Blocked Kick, 15 Ret., 443 yards, 2 TD
* Player is leading the nation in this category
Darkhorse: Colin Kaepernick, NEV, QB
–This darkhorse candidate has quietly put up ridiculous numbers at the quarterback position year in and year out averaging 2,358.6 yards passing per year, 968.7 yards rushing per year and 33.3 total touchdowns per year. He has helped Nevada to a 4-0 record and a spot at #25 in the latest rankings. Kaepernick put up modest numbers against BYU last week.
16/25, 196 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 17 carr., 82 yards, 1 TD
73/106, 68.9%, 924 yards, 6 TD, 1 INT
56 att., 451 yards, 8.1 average, 8 TD
Dropped Out: Ryan Mallett, ARK
–With a 3 INT performance at home against Alabama, it’s safe to say that Mallett is off the board for now.
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